Programs of Study

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs are ideal for bachelor's degree-prepared engineers who wish to continue their studies without making the commitment of a master's program. Students may want to brush-up on new developments in their field or investigate another specialty.
 
Graduate Certificates
 
 

Image data are of increasing importance in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. The application of microelectronic circuitry, high performance processors, and improved algorithms based on advanced mathematics has resulted in innovative new methodologies to acquire and process image data, permitting visualization, quantification, and functional analysis of tissues and organs. 
The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Certificate is a multidisciplinary program, spanning courses in several departments in the College of Engineering including Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Plastic Engineering, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, as well as the Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology program. 
The certificate provides an excellent opportunity for educational experience to learn the principles and applications of imaging technology. It is a coordinated program of courses, seminars, and laboratory experiences jointly offered by the participating departments.
 
Required Courses:

16.511 Medical Diagnostic Image Processing
IB.500 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology
 
Elective Courses: (2 courses are required)
16.555 Applications of Microwaves and Lasers in Medicine
19.531 Occupational Biomechanics
24.542 Microscopy of Advanced Materials
24.541 AFM and X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Advanced Materials
26.553 Polymers in Medicine I
26.575 Biomaterials
 
 
This certificate provides a fundamental background in the understanding of information transmission, statistical properties of signals and noise, and both analog and digital modulation/demodulation techniques. Advanced topics in modern communications and the characterization of communication channels are covered in optional courses in coding, error correction, information measures, stochastic system modeling and wireless communications. The holder of the certificate will have both analytical and practical competence to contribute significantly to the design and development of new and updated communications systems.
 
Required Courses:

16.543 Communications Theory
16.584 Probability and Random Processes
Plus one of the following :
16.544 Communications Theory II
16.685 Statistical Communication Theory
 
Plus one of the following:

16.545 Coding Theory
16.548 Information Theory
16.582 Wireless Communication
16.687 Applied Stochastic Estimation
 

Energy conversion is a discipline that spans across three departments: Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical & Nuclear Engineering. Interest is rising for practical applications in the housing industry to supply houses with clean sources of energy to meet electrical supply needs, as well as for space heating/ cooling. All renewable energy sources will be considered (e.g. wind energy and photovoltaics). Information about batteries, battery charging stations, battery chargers and energy conversion devices (such as rectifiers, inverters, choppers, controllers) is presented as related to the development of low emission vehicles.

Choose Four Courses:

16.515 Power Systems
16.525 Power Electronics
16.528 Alternative Energy Sources
16.529 Electric Vehicle Technology
22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Energy Engineering
22.527 Solar Energy Engineering
 
 
The certificate is open to students who have an interest in learning more about the fundamentals and engineering applications of radiowave and microwave devices and systems. Wireless technologies are of increasing importance in a variety of personal communications and control applications. The integrated set of courses offers graduate level skills and knowledge which will provide a background for those wishing to participate in this rapidly expanding field. The certificate is open to students with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering or in related disciplines such as physics or electronics engineering technology with an appropriate background in electromagnetics.
 
Required Courses:

16.531 Radio Frequency (RF) Circuit Design
16.532 Microwave Engineering
16.582 Wireless Communications
 
Elective Courses (choose one):

16.506 Antenna Design
16.571 Radar System
16.618 Performance of Wireless Communication Networks

 
The program will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of nanotechnology and is intended to respond to the increasing demand for trained professionals in nanoscience and technology. The certificate is designed for students with a background in chemistry, physics, biology, or any branch of engineering who want nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing workforce preparation. Students may focus on a concentration area based on their interests and background. Courses in each concentration area are carefully designed to provide both analytical and practical competence. Students may take any combination from the electives list.
 
Core Courses - Required:

25.550 Introduction to Nanotechnology
 
Core Courses: (Choose one):

10.541 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM
84.510 Electron Microscopy of Advanced Materials
84.525 Analysis of Advanced Materials
 
Elective Courses (choose two courses):
 
Materials

10.527 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering
10.506 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids
22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
26.513 New Plastics Materials 
26.598 Smart Polymers
 
Manufacturing

10.523 Electronic Materials Processing
10.535 Cell & Microbe Cultivation
10.545 Isolation & Purification of Biotech Products
16.504 VLSI Fabrication
26.502 New Plastics Processing Techniques
26.578 Advanced Polymer Processing

xx.xxx Processing of Nanocomposites
 
Design and Devices

xx.xxx Introduction to Nanoelectronics 
16.502 VSLI Design 
16.512 Electronic Materials 
16.508 Quantum Electronics for Engineers
 
Health and Environmental Impacts

19.514 Aerosol Science
19.525 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics 
19.557 Toxic Use Reduction
19.610 Exposure Assessment 
19.617 Measurements of Airborne Contaminants
19.503 Toxicology and Health
 
 
The certificate is offered jointly by the Electrical & Computer Engineering & Physics Departments and reflects the strong interests in the physics and technologies of electro-optics. Extensive research facilities include: new materials growth (molecular beam epitaxy) and device fabrication and testing laboratories.
 
Required Courses:

95.577 Solid State Electronic & Opto-electronic Devices
and
95.539 Electro-optics
or 16.595 Solid State Electronics
and 16.568 Electro-optics
 
Elective Courses (choose 2):

16.508 Quantum Electronics
16.518 EMAG of Materials for Optical Engineers.
16.607 Waves in Complex Media
16.610 Optical Information Processing
95.547 Laser Physics & Applications
95.551 Fiber Optics (4 credits)
95.631 Nonlinear Optics
95.578 Integrated Optics: Wave Guides & Lasers 

 
This certificate provides a thorough grounding in the modeling of signals represented as random functions of time. A background in linear system theory, signal transforms and the theory of probability and random processes is given. The certificate is completed by choosing specialized courses in time series analysis, statistical communication theory or applied stochastic estimation. These courses deal with the estimation of signals and of noise using a variety of mathematical models such as likelihood and entropy based techniques, matched, adaptive and nonlinear filtering of signals. The holder of this certificate will have the analytical and practical competence to design for and evaluate probabilistic issues in communications, complex systems, and/or networks.
 
Required Courses:

16.509 Linear Systems
16.584 Probability and Random Processes
 
Plus Two From:

16.684 Time Series Analysis
16.685 Statistical Communication Theory
16.687 Applied Stochastic Estimation

 
The graduate certificate consists of courses from both the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments. It is intended for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in science or engineering and who wish to concentrate on hardware/software issues pertaining to telecommunications.
 
Required Courses:

16.543 Introduction to Communication Theory I
91.555 Computer Networks
91.563 Data Communications I
 
Plus One Approved Elective

 
The purpose of this certificate program is to provide essential background in solid state physical electronics and very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuit fabrication. These courses, combined with two electives, will provide a customized background to the subject but with sufficient depth in an area of choice to provide tangible useful expertise.
 
Required Courses: [Choose two]

16.502 VLSI Design
16.595 Solid State Electronics
16.504 VLSI Fabrication
16.508 Quantum Electronics
 
Plus Two From:

16.502 VLSI Design
16.505 Microwave Electronics
16.508 Quantum Electronics
16.517 MMIC Design and Fabrication
16.518 Electromagnetic Materials
16.565 Analog Devices
16.568 Electro-optical Systems Design